(This continues a series of posts about reconstructing the Mormon/Christian narrative. Please read this introductory post first, if you haven’t already, before continuing.)
The “Holy Ghost” is perhaps one of the most mysterious figures in Mormon theology (and perhaps more generally in Christianity). Many Mormons likely know this being of the Godhead as a “personage of spirit,” which “has not a body of flesh and bones,” “were it not so, the Holy Ghost could not dwell within us” (D&C 130:22). This already begins to sound quite supernatural, a ghostly person that may come and dwell within me? How are we to make sense of this?
Continue reading “Reconstructing Mormonism’s “Holy Ghost””
Many religious people believe that the spirit or soul is the ego-self, our personality, the person we think we are in our heads, our psychological “self,” with all our memories and experiences and relationships, etc. But none of this existed at our birth. We had no ego, no personality, no sense of “self” in our heads, no memories, no self-awareness whatsoever. These all develop gradually throughout our childhood and life, and are mortal qualities formed through the arrangement of neural networks in our brains during mortal life. Continue reading “What is the Spirit or Soul?”
Resurrection is an awakening from mortal consciousness to an infinite consciousness. But what does this mean for our physical body? Continue reading “What does Resurrection mean for our Physical Body?”
An addition to the BHT, an encounter between John and an angel in vision, which tells him to worship God, not any one else. (The painting above is “Saint John the Evangelist at Patmos,” by Jacopo Vignali, 17th century.) Continue reading “Revelation 19:10 BHT, Worship God not Anyone Else”
An addition to the BHT, where Jesus speaks with a woman about what it is we should be worshiping, adoring, reverencing, cherishing, loving. Continue reading “John 4:21-26 BHT, What do we Worship?”
How should we regard the Godhead, or the Trinity as many Christians call it, taking into consideration biological evolution, particularly human evolution, and other modern science?
Continue reading “The Godhead in the Light of Evolution”
An addition to the BHT, about whether only one person may be a prophet who prophecies, or if many people may be, at the same time.
Continue reading “Numbers 11:26-29 BHT, Who May Prophecy?”